Anatolian Shepherd Dog Mix

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Is the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Mix right for you?

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

All mixed breeds are individuals but if you have a dog that appears to be mostly Anatolian Shepherd Dog, you need to think long and hard about whether you are truly qualified to own this animal

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog was a working dog developed in Turkey to herd and protect sheep in the hilly Anatolian plateau. It was a nomadic life that demanded an independent guardian dog capable of making fast decisions. They didn't just herd the sheep. They needed to defend the flock. Often, these unusually large and calm dogs were giving a spiked iron collar to discourage predators from grabbing them around the neck.

This breed entered the United States in the 1950s, and they are still used as guardian dogs on large farms and ranches where they can protect not just sheep but other livestock. This dog must be properly introduced to strangers. Its loyalty is reserved for its own family. Know how to be the responsible owner of a large, powerful, guardian breed. This is unlikely to be a good choice for the novice. Have experience with other large and/or guardian breeds before you tackle this challenge.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but the Anatolian Shepherd Dog mix is likely to be a large, rugged, muscular dog with a thick neck and heavy head.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of any mixed-breed dog, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog mix is getting a lot of DNA from a breed developed to fight off wolves as well as two-legged thieves intent on harm to its flock. They can be extremely aggressive and aren't content to merely intimidate people with their huge size. They need lifelong training and supervision.

If you can't establish yourself as the alpha, this mix may try to dominate you. Without expert training and socialization, this animal could be difficult to control-- and it might try to expand its territory if not fenced in, representing a threat to strangers who are not legitimate intruders.

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